Times have been stressful lately, so it’s no surprise that some people would want to turn to their faith for hope. Even less surprising is when liberals in Hollywood turn around and mock people for that faith. And few surprises come as strikingly unfunny as the first trailer for the irreverent “comedy” Faith Based.
On August 27, a new trailer dropped for Faith Based, a comedy that seems motivated to mock the religious film market. The film follows Luke (Luke Barnett) and best friend Tanner (Tanner Thomason) as they strive to become filmmakers and soon discover that low budget Christian films can turn a profit. They then set out to make their own religious movie A Prayer in Space, the story about the first prayer in space. With the help of an executive played by leftist Margaret Cho, they even come to realize that their Christian movie “[doesn’t] have to be good.”
Faith Based is set for release in select theaters and on digital, cable, and satellite VOD platforms on October 9, but the build-up has been coming since Jason Alexander was cast last year. On Fox News in April 2019, Media Research Center’s own Vice President for Tech Watch, Business, and Culture, Dan Gainor noted:
“I’m always amazed at what hacks Hollywood wannabes really are. But they operate in an anti-conservative, anti-Christian industry. So targeting people of faith is a must if they want to break through. As for the film itself, few people will ever see it or ever care. It’s just one more example of how the American media culture targets Christians as its favorite villains. People with morals, ethics, and faith terrify Hollywood which has none of those things.”
Of course, the film itself never shied away from fanning the flames of controversy. Earlier this year, the movie’s stars Luke Barnett and Tanner Thomason mocked Breitbart readers who denounced the movie prior to its original film festival release date of January 18. Throwing in noted leftist celebrities like Margaret Cho and Jason Alexander also shows where their priorities lie, and it’s certainly not with the faithful.
With pandemics, riots, and now hurricanes, one can’t fathom a worse time to mock those who turn to religion for strength. As for the movie itself, Faith Based will probably go the way Gainor predicted: few people will ever see it or care. Let’s pray for that much.